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What is this word and what is it doing?

I'm reading Ανάβασις by Xenophon. Here Klearchos has basically said: "someone else might want to command at this point". ὡς δὲ τῷ ἀνδρὶ ὃν ἂν ἕλησθε πείσομαι ᾗ δυνατὸν μάλιστα, ἵνα εἰδῆτε ...

meaning ancient-greek grammar-identification xenophon  
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Why is "uenetus" a colour name?

I recently came across the following entry on Wiktionary for the adjective "uenetus": of or pertaining to the Veneti; Venetian blue, blue-green, sea-blue Why and how is this adjective ...

etymology adjective semantics origin color  
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How can I express "to make a wish"?

I want a phrase for "to make a wish" instead of a single verb "to wish", in order to make the line of lyrics long enough for the music. The noun for "wish" may be optatum,...

vocabulary grammar-choice verbs  
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Usage of pronouns in chapter VIII of Lingua latina per se illustrata

This excerpt comes from lines 138-139 of chapter VIII of the 2003 edition of Lingua latina per se illustrata:       Quis saccum portat? Servus saccum portat. Quī servus? Servus quī saccum portat est ...

grammar-choice lingua-latina-per-se-illustrata pronouns demonstrative-adjective  
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How can I properly translate possessive form of nouns?

"Pater Iūliae est Iūlius". Would this be "Julia's father is Julius", or "The father of Julia is Julius"? I feel like it's missing some words to be the latter. Does it ...

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‘The strength of the wolf is the pack’ translation

I would like to translate the following part of Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘The Law of the Jungle’: ‘The strength of the wolf is the pack’ I know that google translate would not be appropriate, so would ...

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Was the Latin verb "stimulare" ("to stimulate", from the noun "stimulus" meaning "sting") attested in the meaning "to sting (of an insect)"?

The Latin verb "stimulare" (to urge, to stimulate) comes from the noun "stimulus" (sting of a bee or a similar animal). Was it ever attested in the meaning "to sting (of a bee)...

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Are "-que" and "et" equivalent?

I was taught that one can use the '-que' suffix to string together multiple words, in a similar way to putting 'et' between them. Are these two equivalent? Did one have a connotation in classical (...

classical-latin meaning vocabulary conjunction enclitic  
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What is the origin for the act of "sex" and definition?

What is the origin for the word "sex" in its various grammatical forms (the noun "sex" and the verb "sex")? What is the historical definition of this word? How has it morphed into the definition of ...

vocabulary origin definitions  
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What does "Vivamus vel libero perit Americae" on Hannity's new book mean?

Sean Hannity is coming out with a new book called Live Free or Die: America (and the World) on the Brink. At the bottom is a perplexing subtitle in Latin: VIVAMUS VEL LIBERO PERIT AMERICAE Here's ...

translation-check book  
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Could all soldiers in the Roman army actually speak Latin?

I am under the impression that men for the legions of the Roman Empire were conscripted across the empire, and so Latin could not have possibly been the first language to every soldier. But could all ...

history military  
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"Let the fu—rs rot"

As a continuation to my previous question... For the sci-fi story I'm writing, I need a Latin motto which would translate to "Let the fuckers rot!" (or, Ad usum Delphini, "Let the ...

english-to-latin-translation translation-check sentence-translation modern-life  
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What punctuation was used in Classical Latin?

Many Classical Latin textbooks typeset their texts with (small and capital letters and) a broad selection of punctuation, like period ., comma ,, colon :, semicolon ;, exclamation mark !, question ...

classical-latin punctuation  
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The three maxims at the Temple of Apollo (Greek)

There were three maxims carved into the Temple of Apollo at Delphi: γνῶθι σεαυτόν (know thyself) μηδὲν ἄγαν (nothing in excess) Ἐγγύα πάρα δ'ἄτη (a pledge comes from folly) The first two maxims make ...

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